Artists

Olli Soikkeli
Olli Soikkeli

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Paulus Schäfer, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. In 2011 Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and in 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg. Olli plays Model X-O 503.

www.ollisoikkeli.com


Paulus Schäfer
 
Paulus AJL

Paulus Schäfer (born 1978) is today one of the most talented Gypsy Jazz guitarists from The Netherlands. Born into a Dutch Sinti (Gypsy) community he learned to play the guitar at a very early age. Besides listening to fellow Sinti and records of his idol Django Reinhardt, it was Wasso Grünholz – a legend within the Sinti community – and his nephew Stochelo Rosenberg from whom he learned the most. Being a musician on high demand, Paulus is often to be found on stage with other musicians like The Rosenberg Trio, Biréli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Jimmy Rosenberg, Tim Kliphuis, Feigeli Prisor, Andreas Öberg, Olli Soikkeli, Gonzalo Bergara etc. and can be found on many albums. Paulus has a particular sound, easy recognised, and although all Paulus’ albums are true to a distinctive Gipsy Jazz/Swing sound; Paulus is always looking for a new modern sound. Not only to broaden his own horizons, but also for a more representative Gipsy Jazz sound for the 21st century. Paulus plays AJL X-O "Model Paulus Schäfer" 

www.paulusschäfer.com
 
Andreas Öberg
 
Andreas Oberg AJL
 

Andreas Öberg is a virtuoso guitarist, platinum song writer, producer/vocal producer and educator. After being a pro touring guitaristfor many years (performing with artists and doing his own solo projects), at the end of 2011 Andreas decided to put his main focus onsong writing. As a guitarist, Andreas had the honor of working with artists like Les Paul, Eros Ramazzotti, Barbara Hendricks, Glee Cast, Toots Thielemans, John Patitucci, Jennifer Batten, Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene and many more. He has toured and performed worlwide in over 30 countries on all the continents. A new solo album is planned for release in Asia during 2013. Andreas is a teacher and lecturer at the Musicians Institute (formerly GIT) in Hollywood, California and in 2009, he created the Andreas Guitar Universe, which is an interactive internet guitar training program with students of different styles and levels from all over the world. On this video He plays Model X-O 503.

www.andreasoberg.com

 
Dennis Chang

 

Dennis Chang

Dennis Chang has produced lots of ecucational material, in co-operation with most of the top players of gypsyjazz, Incl, Stochelo Rosenberg, Hono Winterstein, Yourgui Loeffler, Tcha Limberger. He produced various recordings and have performed around the world. He has his own on-line "DC-music school" Some videosample of his educational material, played by his AJL Model 503 X-O 

www.dc-musicschool.com

 
 
 
Gustav Lundgren
 

Gustav Lundgren AJL Guitars

 Gustav Lundgren is one of Sweden's most prominent jazz guitarists right now. He has toured in Japan, USA, Indonesia, England, Brazil, France, Syria, Turkey, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Algeria, Latvia, SwitzerlandAustriaMoldova, Ukraine, Transnistria, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway & Finland with different jazz groups.

He has recorded over 50 CDs as a side man and 9 solo albums. Gustav Lundgren has been working with names like: Jimmy Rosenberg, Jorge Rossy, Lelo Nika, Dorado Schmitt, The Swedish House Mafia, Marian Petrescu, Rasmus Faber & Gustavo Bergalli.

www.gustavlundgren.com  


 

 

Kruno Spisic

Kruno

Krunoslav "Kruno" Spisic began his musical traiing at the age of 10. His first instrument was of Eastern European valled the Tambura, a four tone mandolin from modern day Croatia. It was not until studying music at University that Kruno was introduced to Django guitar and began a passionate study of Gypsy Jazz genre. In January of 2002, Kruno moved to US and formed the Kruno Spisic Gypsy Jazz Trio. He creates a new branch of gypsy jazz by fusing eastern European folk traditions with Django swing. This new merging of sounds enthralled audiences with its  sweet balkan melodies and hot Gypsy Swing.

www.kruno.net

The Black market trust
 
 
blackmarket AJL

Jeff Radaich & Chris Irwing from the BLACK MARKET TRUST.  Check their new album. Chris plays AJL D-hole Model Orchestra with resonator, Jeff plays X-O Model Jazz. Jeff also plays rhythm in Gonzalo Bergaras band.

 

 

www.theblackmarketrust.com
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Lost fingers
 
lostfing

The Lost Fingers' Gypsyswing & 80's discomusic inspired canadian trio with sense of humour !

-Their shows have become a must see attraction across the world; their irresistible sound and style crosses borders. "Lost In The 80's" has seen success in Mexico and Europe, allowing the group to play major international markets and for tens of thousands of fans to witness their lightning fast ascension. 

 

www.thelostfingers.com
 

 
 
 
Knut Bendik Manger from JAZZBANDITT
 
AJL-Knut Bendig

Knut Bendik Manger Breistein from JAZZBANDITT

Knut Bendik (born 1984) has been active in the acoustic jazz-genre with the norwegian band Jazzbanditt for years now, having recently released their second album "Jazzbanditt 2.0" (Hot Club Records) to critical appraise both nationally and internationally. 

Knut plays a (now) vintage AJL Standard Model 503, with beautiful cracks and bruises representing stories from the road as well as the year they (the two guitarists from Jazzbanditt) spent living and jamming in Paris.

The sound of my AJL has been an ongoing collaboration between me and my guitar for the past decade now, and in this sense it truly represents my own "search for that Good Tone".

It has now landed on a soft yet strong projecting quality with great timbre and balance throughout its register, and I am overly happy with it.

The funny thing is that I've over the years encountered other players with AJL-guitars similar to my own, and it seems evident that the tone of the instrument really adapts to the players' own path, meaning that as a performer you are responsible for molding the tone of the guitar into your desired tonal preferences yourself. Needless to say, with patience and hard work, it really pays off.

 

www.jazzbanditt.com